Coloured Flashcards

Bring me all your dreams
of splendid restful nights
flashes of inspiration
envy to your friends

Bring me all the flashers
especially the one
with sterling ideas
a collector’s item
things colourful dreams
are made of

Bring them all!
Let’s create flutter fun
fantasy and nightmare
to dance with fire
for the witch must burn.

Note: We still burn witches (effigies) in Finnish countryside, that is, Easter & Midsummer Bonfires, a tradition carried over from pagan days. I found this practice peculiar at first but nowadays I enjoy it, for reasons that have nothing to do with the tradition.

Also, I’m a list freak. I’ve got a number of ‘to-do’ lists going at the same time. I pick colour of flashcards (according to the mood) and write ideas, one-word triggers, one-liners, dialogue from my eavesdropping occupation and so on. They decorate my working space. One day I promise, I’ll peel them all off the wall and throw them on the fire. Imagine what peculiar fun that would be!

This poem is in response to the prompt, β€œI enjoy peculiar fun” Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month Challenge.

Khaya Ronkainen


  1. Lol…being oft times referred to as a witch, I am peculiar enough to enjoy your imagery and words. The scorching is worth the risk lol πŸ˜€ XXX

  2. I love how you incorporated the old with the new and told us why. Such rich imagery in this poem… crackling and bright like a bonfire in the middle of summer.

  3. It made this witch chuckle too (LOL, ah lists…I like making them. Following them is another story).

  4. Lol – the witch burning, Khaya ! I can remember going to the midsummer bonfire evenings with my family and having lots of fun.I was very young of course. I have no memory of witch effigies being burnt.

  5. Aha! Burning effigies is something we do for fun & bringing our small community together. The photo was taken this last Easter in Pohjois-Pohjanmaa:)

  6. I really like the poem, Khaya, but the witch effigy burning is a bit creepy! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I hope the witches in Finland aren’t offended. I have a few politicians I’d like to offer up instead πŸ™‚

  7. I wasn’t aware of that tradition in Finland. It reminds me of a holiday I heard about in Guatemala called “Burning of the Devil” where they burn a giant devil pinata in the middle of the cities across the country.

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